Ottawa - Don Maynard is the winning artist in the Half Moon Bay Park public art competition. Maynard’s sculpture titled Falling Star, will reside at the top of the park’s toboggan hill, which will be located at the corner of Greenbank and Cambrian streets in Barrhaven South.
An omen of good luck and harbinger of change and new beginnings, Falling Star will be a beacon of magical possibilities and imagination in a new and rapidly growing neighbourhood. Balanced on one of its five points, the 15-foot high cast aluminum star will be anchored in the ground, bridging the immense gap between the galaxy above and our place on earth. Maynard will transform the surface of the aluminum, covering it in organic, hand-carved markings, crevasses, protrusions and deep gouges alluding to the stars’ long and awe-inspiring journey. A bold and elegant response to the celestial theme dominantly featured in the park’s design. Falling Star will shimmer during the night from the hundreds of holes drilled into the star, the emanating light-making reference to the celestial bodies and constellations above.
The Public Art Program commissions artists’ works for display in public spaces. One percent of funds for municipal development projects are set aside for public art to enhance the space and make art accessible to everyone.
The City’s Public Art Program initiated a two-stage public art competition for Half Moon Bay Park. The selection criteria for this work of public art included such considerations as artistic excellence, experience of the artist, site integration, reflection of the profile and character of the community, and sustainability.
For more information about the new public art, visit ottawa.ca/arts or call 3-1-1.